1902 Tasting Notes
I had this tea last night along with Samovar’s Japanese tea service. That included brown rice, tempeh, beets, seaweed salad and kale with a cup of butternut squash soup. This is a bit reminiscent of Den’s Super Green genmaicha because the color is just such a bright vivid green. Definitely has a kelpy/savory flavor with the warm flavor of toasted rice. That seaweedy flavor does not bother me, but I love japanese green teas. It went great with my food too. I could see wanting to have some of this around to make tea soup with or just to have I thought about buying some of this but I have a few genmaichas already that I should focus on drinking first. So much tea, so little time.
I have no idea how they prepared this so I’m just guessing… Their nishi sencha 1st flush is definitely worth checking out too.
I received this tea as part of the chocolate tea samples from Della Terra months ago but never got around to trying this one for some strange reason. I’m not a huge fan of most chocolate teas because I just find them to be lacking a bit so I guess you can take this review with a grain of salt…
The aroma smells really nice and authentic like a big cup of cocoa. Typical of most chocolate teas I’ve tried I just find the flavor to be a bit thin and I’m wondering what the point is. I did find the flavor was helped along a bit by the addition of soymilk and some rock sugar because I felt like it needed something. I don’t think I have any reason to buy this as long as I have a huge tin of “Florence” still sitting around.
My favorite in the Della Terra chocolate line has to be the “chocolate covered strawberry” but they are currently out of it. I would like to get more of that someday. ;)
One last cup of tea before going to the SF Zen Center tonight. This is pretty good with soymilk, I feel like I’m drinking a latte. I might want to get a milk frothing device one of these days…
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I’m just finishing off this sample today, I’ve definitely enjoyed this green darjeeling (see previous notes for more details).
Thank you to Stacy for including this is my last order. I was craving a dessert tea this afternoon, so I had a feeling this would hit the spot.
For an assam this is a bit on the mild side and not pungent like some I’ve had. The caramel/vanilla flavor is delicate and sweet, and this is an easy tea to sip on plain. I had mine with soymilk and sugar just because I needed an extra boost. The aroma is so nice just sitting here wafting up from my cup. I enjoyed trying this and hopefully it will kill my after lunch sugar cravings.
Thanks again Stacy!
Yet another sample from Rare Tea Republic that I am attempting to purge from my cupboard… like Azzrian at first I was under the impression that this was a black tea and I also had to look up where Bihar is (Northern India – it borders on Nepal).
I tried to follow the RtR steeping parameters which said 5 minutes at 205 F.
I definitely am getting a butternut squash/pumpkin sort of flavor here in the aroma as well as the flavor of this tea, which is a clear light orange. This is a nice mellow brew, pleasantly sweet, and yes I’m getting some apricot as well.
Very enjoyable although it wouldn’t be a “must have” item for me, which is probably just as well since RTR is no longer around.
I purchased this yesterday at Walgreens on a whim. Part of my plan to wean myself off caffeine in the afternoon time.
For a decaf tea this is okay. Lemongrass and ginger are both healthy herbals but I can’t help but wonder how much better this would be without the green tea which imparts kind of a bitter taste. I may need to adjust my steeping parameters or try cold brewing this, I left it sitting way too long. It might be better with a little sugar.
It’s a solid “meh” for me I will probably finish off the box.
Another sample gone…
I won’t miss this too much. It’s pretty good for a second flush darjeeling which do not tend to be my favorites. This does have a very nice grape flavor and aroma and a very “soft” flavor. See previous notes for more details.
R.I.P. Rare Tea Republic…
I brought a bunch of their samples from last year to work to see if I could focus on finishing them off this week. I really don’t think I can justify buying any more FF darjeeling until I finish off last year’s supply, of which I have PLENTY. Well, maybe just a few samples when Upton Tea comes out with theirs. :)
This tea steeps up to be a light amber/yellowish color and has an intense floral/nutty aroma. It still seems wonderful to me – the plucking date was April 11, 2012 according to the bag they gave me. I am picking up notes of tropical fruit with a slight palette cleansing astringency in the finish. Still seems really fresh and flavorful, just like springtime. These ff darjeelings can be a total sensory experience!
Backlog – I drank this yesterday at the office. I thought I was “over” bagged teas but there is something about the convenience of them at work that is definitely appealing.
I’ve had a box of this tea forever and I believe I drank the last bag yesterday. As an experiment I decided to pour this over ice and it was really good that way. the ginger is very strong but I like that because it seems to be good for digestion as well as allergies. Not for the faint of heart. I might need to get some more of this someday for those afternoons/evenings when I’m looking for no caffeine.